At the end of May, the Green Party issued a statement. I didn't see it until now so here it is:
For the past 18 months, in stark contraposition to our values of Social Justice and Feminism, the “Dialogue not Expulsion” group has sustained a public and personal assault against some of the most marginalized and oppressed people in our Party. They have been coordinating an international effort targeting the credibility of our Accreditation Committee, our National Committee and our Steering Committee, along with individual Greens. Actions that members of the “Dialogue not Expulsion” group have engaged in do not align with the Green Party core values of Social Justice, Feminism, Youth Rights and Grassroots Democracy.
Furthermore, the views and positions of the “Dialogue not Expulsion” group are fundamentally at odds with our Party's foundational platform and the 10 Key Values of the Green Party of the United States. The Steering Committee repudiates the policies, positions and conduct of the “Dialogue not Expulsion” group in the strongest possible terms.
This group began a campaign of disruption at last year’s Presidential Nomination Convention which continued on our email lists, including coordinated email campaigns attempting to destroy the reputations of at least one Steering Committee member and more than one Co-Chair of a National Standing Committee. They have engaged with multiple international hate groups based in the United Kingdom to coordinate and amplify their message, as has been detailed numerous times in our National Committee discussion list. They have expressed contempt for our Committees and processes, our members and our values. They have subjected Accreditation Committee members, Steering Committee members, Committee Co-Chairs and Greens to months of insults, insinuations and unfounded allegations of corruption, collusion and threats of violence.
Many Greens and observers outside the Party have been misled by the “Dialogue not Expulsion” group to believe they are officially connected to the Green Party of the United States. This group is not, and has never been, a recognized affiliate of the Green Party. Our affiliated Identity Caucuses are formed according to our Bylaws and are designed to give representation to historically disenfranchised groups. They are not formed around ideologies.
Further, The “Dialogue not Expulsion” group attempted to gain legitimacy through unauthorized use of the Green Party ”Earthflower” logo on their website and signup form. The Steering Committee authorized our Communications Manager to contact the hosting service for the “Dialogue not Expulsion” website, which resulted in the successful removal of the logo from all of their pages, save for one page where our request is still pending. We remain committed to ensuring our intellectual property is not misused and are deeply offended that our logo, long associated with ecology and wisdom, has been misused for the purpose of discrimination.
They did this to provide a veneer of authority and to lend credibility to their contention that there is a “question” in our Party of transgender inclusion and participation. There is no question regarding the full equality and participation of trans people in the Green Party. We remind all Greens that gender identity and gender expression were part of our foundational Platform in 2000 and affirmed again in 2018 by the overwhelming vote of the National Committee.
We challenge all Greens to consciously confront the systems of oppression within themselves and within society. Without equivocation we declare:
Trans men are men
Trans women are women
Nonbinary people are valid
Hate has no place in the Green Party and we want to assure gender, sexual and romantic minorities that they have a political home here.
The Steering Committee of the Green Party of the United States
I missed all of that.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
CNN's Jeremy Herb reports:
The House is voting this week on a bill to repeal the 2002 US war authorization in Iraq, with Democrats hopeful that the White House's backing will give them newfound momentum to finally revoke the nearly 20-year-old authorization.
The White House's Office of Management and Budget on Monday issued a statement supporting the House's legislation, a move that's likely to boost the prospects that the Senate will also take action to repeal the authorization for use of military force, which was passed in the months before the George W. Bush administration invaded Iraq in 2003. The House will vote on the rule for the legislation Monday evening ahead of the final vote, which is expected to occur on Thursday. The Biden administration said in a statement of administration policy Monday that it supports the House's legislation because "the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations."
Ted Kopan (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE) words it this way:
President Biden on Monday formally endorsed a bill from Oakland Rep. Barbara Lee to repeal the bill that authorized the U.S. invasion of Iraq, marking a sea change in politics on the issue of military engagement. The East Bay Democrat’s bill to terminate the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force is set for a vote in the House later this week.
In a statement of administration policy, the vehicle through which presidents telegraph their position on legislation under consideration in Congress, the White House supported the bill’s passage in the House, saying it would not
jeopardize any current military operations because none is solely based on that authorization. “Repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations,” the statement said. “Furthermore, the President is committed to working with the Congress to ensure that outdated authorizations for the use of military force are replaced with a narrow and specific framework appropriate to ensure that we can continue to protect Americans from terrorist threats.”
Lee has been at the vanguard of the movement to end what are referred to in politics as “endless wars” — military engagements by the U.S. abroad that have no clear endpoint. She was the only member of Congress to vote in 2001 against green-lighting the U.S. war on terror just days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a stand that earned her death threats at the time and respect from her colleagues in hindsight.
At the vanguard? Maybe of fake assery. She swore this, she swore that. She's a worthless fake ass. "Next year, if we're not out of Afghanistan . . ." she'd promise each year of Barack Obama's eight year presidency, she'd do something. She never did anything but flap her gums.
Bernie Sanders revealed himself to be a sheep dog to steer voters into the Democratic Party and that's bad but Barbara Less's worse. She lulls people into believing that there's real opposition to war in the party and there's none. That's why we still have US troops in Iraq and in Afghanistan. That's why the repeal is only possible at this moment because a sitting president has pronounced it unnecessary.
It might get repealed. I don't know that it will but I don't know that that's the most pressing issue this week -- or even the most pressing issue regarding the AUMF. I'd love to see all the Democrats who claimed they were tricked or that they didn't vote for war to have a microphone shoved in their face and asked on live TV, "If you weren't voting for war, why does the AMUF need to be repealed?"
They were voting for war. And they did so knowingly and willingly. And they did so because that's what they believed in. Senator Bob Grahm urged others in Congress -- including Hillary Clinton -- to go and look at what was being offered as evidence. They were 'too busy' to look or think, but they had plenty of time to vote to start a war that has killed over a million people -- Iraqis, US troops and support personnel, people from the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
And they've skirted responsibility and presented themselves as the victim. It's the Joe Biden playbook, after all. Insist that the mean old Bully Boy Bush tricked you. Admit that you're such a moron that the global village idiot could trick you.
ALJAZEERA quotes US House Rep Jim McGovern:
“The idea that they have not been repealed or ended just doesn’t make any sense,” said Representative Jim McGovern, a leading Democrat.
“It’s either that we just haven’t done our due diligence, or we are not keeping a close watch on these things,” McGovern said on Monday.
You think? And it's not either/or, it's both. Congress did not do due diligence and they are not keeping a close watch on these things. They have no idea what's going on in Iraq. They don't even pretend to be interested in, for example, corruption in Iraq anymore -- this despite the fact that millions of US tax dollars continue to be handed over to the government of Iraq. There is no oversight.
The office of the Special Investigator over reconstruction in Iraq was forced on Bully Boy Bush. Who shut it down? Donald Trump? No, Barack Obama. And he shut it down over loud objections. Maybe it was just a little too effective in highlighting waste or, maybe as two senators told me, the office embarrassed Barack by revealing that the police academy Americans spent a ton of money building was not wanted by the government of Iraq and they did not plan to use it. That went into not just a report but to testimony before the House and Senate. Barack's reaction was to shut down the office and the press reaction was to look the other way and pretend like he was about openness and transparency.
Who's pretending these days?
Maybe the US Congress and the US media who refuse to own the amount of money wasted on an illegal war. The amount of money still being wasted.
You won't hear Babsy Lee talk about that. Just like you won't hear her defend Palestinians. The reality of Barbara Lee is far less inspiring that the media image that was long ago created.
On the issue of Iraq, Amnesty International issued the following:
Arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearance of dozens in the past year
Crackdown intensified after protests against corruption and poor public services
‘Many of those detained were tried on fabricated charges’ - Lynn Maalouf
The authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have launched a chilling crackdown on journalists and activists in the past year amid a “growing atmosphere of fear” in the region, said Amnesty International today.
The crackdown began in March 2020, intensifying after widespread protests in August demanding an end to corruption and better public services.
In the governorate of Duhok alone, Kurdish security forces arrested more than 100 people between March 2020 and April 2021. Most were later released but at least 30 remain in detention.
Amnesty investigated in detail the cases of 14 people from Badinan, in Duhok governorate, who were arbitrarily arrested between March and October 2020 by Asayish (Kurdistan Regional Government security and intelligence) and Parastin forces (Kurdistan Democratic Party intelligence) in connection with their participation in protests, criticism of the local authorities or for their journalistic work.
All of the 14 were held incommunicado for up to five months and at least six were forcibly disappeared for periods of up to three months. Eight of the detainees said they had been tortured or otherwise ill-treated during their detention. On 16 February, five were sentenced to six years in prison based on “confessions” extracted under duress.
The Kurdistan authorities have used three specific laws to arrest and prosecute the activists - Law no.21 on matters of national security, a defamation law and a law on the misuse of electronics, all of which contain vague and overly-broad definitions of crimes not recognised under international law.
Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East Deputy Director, said:
“The authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have launched a chilling crackdown in their efforts to silence critics over the past year.
“They have rounded up activists and journalists, prosecuting them on trumped-up charges in unfair trials and harassing or intimidating family members who were kept in the dark about the status of their loved ones.
“Many of those detained were tried on fabricated charges and some of those who have been released have fled the region, amidst a growing atmosphere of fear that has even seen family members of activists, journalists and protesters threatened and harassed.
"The Kurdistan Region of Iraq authorities must end the crackdown and immediately release all of those who have been arbitrarily detained.”
On the topic of Kurdistan, MENA's Maria Fantappie weighs in with a Twitter feed:
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